Friday Night Clean Up

On our First FTF we were almost second. Someone else had searched for it earlier in the day, before us, and logged a DNF. They are very new at this, only 4 finds so far, so I can understand how they might have missed it, the cache is covered in pine straw under a bush. At four finds I’m sure we would have had trouble too.

I did the right thing and called the cable company, so now I have all the HD Channels I can stand and none of those tiresome movie channels.

And check out this Greg Peltz’s blog for some more awesome “steampunk” Star Wars images. Hurry before he gets a cease and desist letter from George Lucas…

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New Phone Book

I ducked my head into the mailroom this morning on the off chance I might have got something. Turns out I did and so did everyone else. All the mail slots had new AT&T Real Yellow Pages® phone book. And just like I do every year when that happens, I have to rein myself in from running through the halls shouting, "The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here!" I bet there are quite a few people around my age who fondly remember the 1979 movie The Jerk, starring Steve Martin, who have to fight off the same compulsion too.

Navin R. Johnson: The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here!
Harry Hartounian: Boy, I wish I could get that excited about nothing.
Navin R. Johnson: Nothing? Are you kidding? Page 73 - Johnson, Navin R.! I'm somebody now! Millions of people look at this book everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity - your name in print - that makes people. I'm in print! Things are going to start happening to me now.

As I always do, I check to see if I'm in there. Yep. Not page 73 though, Bogardus, Brian & Donna appear on page 11.

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Morning Bobby

Several years ago it seemed like there was an abundance of people by the name of Robert who worked at The Valve Store™ and as a joke, myself and another coworker would always say, “Morning Bobby”, when we’d pass each other for the first time each day. His name is Joey and mine is, well duh, Brian, but we got a kick out of it.

Over the years the number of Roberts waned, Jims took over the top spot, yet we still kept up the ‘Morning Bobby’ routine. The number of folks named Jim hasn’t diminished any, but Bobs have made big advances again recently. My immediate supervisor is named Bob and his boss is named, yep, you guessed it, Bob. To differentiate between them they are sometimes referred to as Little Bob and Big Bob respectively. Our latest Industrial Engineer is also a Robert and usually went by Bob, but I think as a condition of employment, he had to willing to be known as Rob to avoid further confusion.

With them ceasing manufacturing at the home office in Florham Park, NJ we have had a few folks from up there make the transition to working here in South Carolina. The last two to join us are both named Bob.

Joey and I will may just start saying, “Morning Bobby”, whenever we pass anybody, because we will have a real good chance of being right.

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Galactic Rebellion For Dummies

This movie was recommended to me on io9, but I still haven’t found out who recommended “Love The Beast” to me (8 folks asked so far.)

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You Can Never Be Too Rich or Have Too Much RAM

After the Windows 7 install the PC seemed just a touch more sluggish doing certain things than it had under XP. I thought it odd because I had 2GB of RAM which was double the minimum requirement. So I downloaded a memory test program and ran it to see if I had a bad stick of RAM or something. When it started up it reported I had 1024M of RAM. Yikes! One stick is not working. On further investigation, it turns out that 3 years ago I upgraded the RAM with a kit that consisted of two 512M sticks and that Dell says that is the maximum amount this PC can handle.

A little bit of internet sleuthing comes up with the fact that the motherboard in my Dimension can indeed handle 2GB and a page that gives me a list of memory manufacturers with part numbers that folks have been successful using to break the one gig barrier, so I ordered 2 sticks of WINTEC 1GB 184-Pin DDR 400 SDRAM from NewEgg. it was suggested that I upgrade my BIOS and that went off without a hitch. Now I just need to go wait by my mailbox… 

The title of this post is a quote from computer book author, Janice Rice Howd, from her book, Exchange System Administration (1999). It is based on the quote, “You can never be too rich or too thin.? which is attributed to Wallis Simpson who was obviously thin enough to ensnare three rich men with the objective to test the first part of that statement, the third of which even abdicated the British crown for her.

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